Staying with us at our homestay in Oxford will provide you with a really great opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Oxford. To see panoramic pictures of Oxford (interactive map) check here.
Oxford is one of the most exciting and historic cities anywhere. It became the capital of England for a time when Charles 1 moved Parliament to Christ Church during the Civiil War (1642-1646) and it is in Oxford that Englandís first coffee house was established back in the seventeenth century. Oxford is known as the ĎCity of Dreaming Spiresí; and although its history as an education centre dates back over 700 years, it is a modern, lively city (around 130,000 citizens and a larger number of temporary inhabitants, mainly students) with plenty to offer everyone, whether it be museums, department stores, boutiques, restaurant or clubs.
Linking educational quality to the beauty of the environment has made Oxford one of the most popular places in the world to study English and one of the most popular places for visitors to England to visit.
The centre of Oxford contains the historic university colleges and also the river which flows though Oxford, eventually becoming Londonís river, the Thames. Another wonder are the museums which are truly amazing and free. They range from the world famous Ashmolean, the oldest public museum in the UK (1683) and holding many national and international treasures, to the beautiful Wren-designed Sheldonian Theatre, many modern art galleries including Modern Art Oxford, and many, many more.
Oxford has two principle theatres and several smaller ones (check here for details), and in terms of eating out, you are spoilt for choice. There are some places where eating is an experience, for example, the Randolph or the Old Bank Hotel. The restaurants range across the different cuisines of the world Ė Thai, Chinese, Indian, Italian, French down to the humble KFC, BK, McDonalds and traditional Fish and Chips.
Then there are many other fantastic places, for example, the must-visit Oxford Castle and historic mound (origins as a Norman castle around 1070) and, of course, a wide choice of varied pubs, from the historic to the trendy modern. Left is a picture of the most famous hotel in Oxford, the Randolph.
There are large numbers of references related to Oxford and nearby. I have grouped them in sections - check the navigation buttons. Also I have listed a large number of internet links to places in Oxford here.
Donít forget to find out what there is outside Oxford includimg the beautiful Cotswold Villages.